A Diplomatic History of the American Revolution

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Yale University Press, Jul 1, 1987 - History - 229 pages
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This introduction to the diplomacy of the American Revolution presents a fresh, realistic, and balanced portrait of revolutionary diplomats and diplomacy.
"The best single-volume introduction to the diplomacy of the American Revolution that we have." --H.M. Scott, University of St. Andrews, Scotland
"This book certainly will become the new standard account of the subject....The book's many footnotes and its annotated bibliography provide a rich survey of research in the field. Specialists as well as students should profit from this work. Highly recommended for public and university libraries."--Library Journal
"The book appears to be designed for use by students but most historians will find it thought-provoking."--Journal of the Early Republic
"This will become the successor to Bemis's The Diplomacy of the American Revolution for at least as many years as that work has been the standard. Dull's writing is clear and often elegant, the positions are convincing, and the footnotes and bibliography are an important contribution in themselves."--Lawrence Kaplan, Kent State University

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This book certainly will become the new standard account of the subject, though it does not entirely supersede Samuel Flagg Bemis's The Diplomacy of the American Revolution (1957). Bemis gave more ... Read full review

Contents

The Prehistory of American Diplomacy
3
The European Balance of Power 17631775
19
The Failure of British Diplomacy after
26
French Foreign Policy during the Reign of Louis XV
33
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43
The Development of American Diplomacy
53
France Offers Secret
65
Americas First Diplomatic Mission
75
658
110
British Wartime Diplomacy
121
Russian Diplomacy during the American Revolution
128
The Opening of Negotiations
141
The European Settlement
152
The Final Treaties and Their Consequences
159
The FrancoAmerican Treaty of Alliance
165
Bibliography
175

The Commissioners Discredited
82
The Making of the Alliance
89
The Outbreak of Hostilities
97
Index
182
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